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Delta State to host the 2008 Mississippi Summer Arts Institute

By June 2, 2008General

Delta State University and the Bologna Performing Arts Center team up each year to offer a variety of artistic activities for youth during the summer through the Mississippi Janice Wyatt Summer Arts Institute that was established in 1998.

Summer Arts offers opportunity in dance, theatre, music-instrumental and vocal, visual and literary arts and boasts a distinguished body of faculty with international recognition.   
MSAI serves participants 12-18 years of age who are interested in attending an arts-based summer camp. Three series are available to participate in: Creative Artists’ Theatre, Core Arts Series, and Broadway Theatre Series. 
Broadway Musical (June 1-28)
The Broadway Musical offers dedicated, talented young actors the opportunity to engage in professional, focused training for four intense weeks realizing their success in a first-class Broadway production.  With a strong focus on teamwork, the program emphasizes personal growth through the acquisition of foundational skills in acting, scene study, voice, movement and musicality.
This year’s Broadway musical production,” Annie, Jr.,” tells the tale of Annie, an orphan determined to find her parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage run by the embittered Miss Hannigan.  In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil plans; befriends President Franklin Roosevelt; and finds a new family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. 
Its upbeat plot and flamboyant characters have made Annie one of the most beloved musicals in history.
Creative Artists’ Theatre (June 1-8) – This segment is full and no more applications will be accepted.
The Mississippi Summer Arts Institute presents a segment for participants to experience a high energy, multi-faceted arts based production.  Yearly, there is a different experience: from “Squonk, to Commedia del’Arte”, to film, dance, and music workshops.  The 2008 Creative Artists’ Theatre segment will feature Dance Theatre of Huntsville.  Monique Ryan is the Executive Director of the Dance Theatre of Huntsville.  Her choreography and style have been enjoyed by several audiences throughout the nation as well as North Alabama.  Students will participate in a week-long extensive training in dance theatre, which will culminate in a public sharing of scenes the student ensemble has created. 
Core Arts (June 8-21) – deadline to enroll is May 23.
Core Arts participants receive wide-ranging and intensive instruction in a variety of art forms.  MSAI courses offer a tremendous opportunity for individual instruction, with a teacher-student ration of approximately 1:10.  Core Arts exist to promote the artistic and creative abilities of individuals.  Opportunities to take dance, vocal and instrumental music, visual and literary arts, and acting classes are offered in a six-period per day format.  Core Arts aims to create a space in which people can realize their dreams and unleash their imagination to discover and develop their talents.
For information on how to participate in the summer arts programs, contact the Bologna Performing Arts Center’s Arts Education Department at (662) 846-4844 or visit online